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  1. Wow BD, i love to spend a day watchn you and hearing what your hearing. Im with the others id rather find small ones than nothing at all. A few questions: Small coil of course? Is the ground very mineralized? Any idea what kind of weights they run? my smallest was 3 grains and yours look smaller. Do you recover each target or ever take scoops of dirt and pan it out? Recovery device? hand or nugget cup i spent months debating over my gm4b or a gb2, shoulda bought the gb2 15+ years ago, lol.
  2. i could use a gps unit for prospecting. What unit would you recomend. im thinking on something i can input a whole section to go to so i know when im in unclaimed land or input a area i need to stay out of. id also like to be able to enter a lat/lon on the fly in the field to go to. ive never had a gps. thanks
  3. Id love to have a PI detector. I was thinking about the infinium but dont know anything about it. I dont think i could take swinging a 7# minelab. How is it for nugget shooting in mineralized ground?
  4. Ive been looking for the book "zip zip" but no luck finding it. I cant even imagine 1/4 grain. I just pulled 3 nuggets last week 14.6 , 9.8 and 1.8 grains and the 1.8 was small. I didnt really find the gold as much as took the pinch of dirt and put it in peanut butter jar and panned it later. But that was not in mineralized ground. Now that i have a spot that has gold i should be able to practice more and get better. I bought good headphones but have only used them once, infact with the 1.8 grain flake for about 30 min. I dont like using the headphones because with signals they got to loud. But if they keep helping me find gold il be using them. And i have been trying to balance slightly plus insteald of balance perfect even though one step and its not balanced any more, lol. Also i have not been messing with the SAT and last time i had less than perfect thresh so i should have tried it. Im sure im not farmiliar enough with the detector.
  5. I recently went out and each trip found a small nugget, the first 3 i ever found. I also picked up a 7.5 gram 14k gold braclet to trump all my nuggets while i was at it, lol I was using GM4b stock 5x10 concentric. I did get a few really small signals and were to tough to pinpoint in areas that were not heavy in black sand and just pinched some dirt in a container and then panned it and found a small 1.8 grain flake. There are some spots with slight washouts from rains and streaks of black sand. Any tips for tweaking the detector for finding more tiny flakes or possibility small patches of fines like this in heavier black sand runs? Ive heard you can balance out small gold. I have the small shooter DD but have not used it much yet and not here and i also have the big goldmax DD. The nuggets go 1.8 grains, 9.8 grains, 14.6 grains. I definately wouldnt mind going and and picking up 15-20 .5-2grain flakes to pan out later.
  6. Ive been talking to my uncle who went nugget hunting with someone 20+ years ago and he swears they used some sort of whites detector with a coil that was only maybe 2" in diameter. Anyone ever hear of or seen these? He said they found alot of really tiny cold in one tailing pile.
  7. Anyone know any areas around there where i can poke around with my detector? Im going to be staying in oregon house for almost a week and id like to get a sold day of prospecting in. I think most of the surrounding areas are private property. thanks rob
  8. nyone have any idea what 5lbs of mercury is worth?
  9. Great, I fiugured out how to use it. I typed up 2 letters and sent them off for the mornings mail.
  10. Whats LR2000??? its it a feature i have to check on GC?
  11. Im going on vacation to visit my uncle and id like to do some detecting. If i stop at blm will i be able to get phone numbers for the claims where id like to detect so i can call and ask permission?
  12. I just had a weird coincidence today. I was looking at piece of property to prospect on and looked it up on topo to look for bedrock, that was last night. Then today i for some reason searched and found the exact piece of property on listed for sale as a "unpatented mining claims". Can anyone advise? I dont know who owns the property and was still checking on that but geocommutatornt show any active claims. Just want to be in the right if i go poking around and wondering if someone is trying to sell something thats not theirs?
  13. Anyone have the link to the online totp program that shows all the current claims? I forgot what its called, thinking geo-shomething or other
  14. also if you really want to swing a big coil like the goldmax, the chest mount is really nice for removing weight from your arm. That is much harder to find with gm4b and gmt models. I want to say the control box on the my GM3 was 2 lbs.
  15. Im still a beginner and I have not had my detector out in years but my last outing was with the shooter coil in a trash infested campground. I was always getting so many targets in such a tight area, 3-4 targets per short swing that i had alot of trouble using the discrimination. The shooter coil helped alot to separate targets and and allow the detector to tell me which ones were not iron. Ive heard from a few goldmaster users and dealers and they always either love or hate the shooter coil. The dealers i spoke to that did not recommend the shooter were against it for depth and coverage but were unclear on if they had actually used it. The last one i spoke to actually had the coil and used it on his own machine and said it was the only coil he uses on his GMT.
  16. I saw some 4500s on ebay for $1700 that were toggle switches on the control box instead of the digital lcd back. Just wondering whats the difference and if it was a scam or what? Theres a big diff between $1700 and $4600 if the only difference is switches and the machine works the same. In fact i think id want the switches. Im not familiar with minelabs, never even seen one in person
  17. Thanks this is very interesting. Not sure what a sistern hole is. My guess though would be if it is in the stream bed that theres alot of gravel in it and the gold if any might be down a little bit. My question is if your detector goes off what then??? Are you prepared to dive for it or haul a dredge in? Is there 15' of water in it? I would think id want to try and snipe the stream really close on some bedrock before i shelled out $150 for a coil id probably never use again. I can see you detecting with the cord wrapped all the way up the detector, up one arm and then down the other and back to the detector, lol.
  18. Id love to see a video of how you juice mercury with a battery, that sounds really dangerous to me.
  19. Sorry Im in Los Angeles, probably no one anywhere near me. I do have a really large 50 or 100cc glass syringe i can use with the cotton ball technique. I actually have my 2 syringes stored with cotton balls in them. My mercury is clean overall, it has not been used for mining. And I did not even know the item the college had thrown out was full of mercury to go in the trash. It had a large cast iron base i wanted to use for something and while i was trying to take the stand apart i realized it was broken and had 4 oz by weight of mercury. Very interesting, saw a video on youtube of a mercury fountain and figured it was pretty much harmless as a liquid as long as it was not swallowed or heated.
  20. I have about 3-4 oz of mercury from a barometer that has small bits of glass and dirt in it. Is there an easy way to clean mercury so i can have a cleaner sample?
  21. I saw mention that the garrett super sluice was a great pan. Im thinking about a smaller than normal size pan for sampling, anyone have a recommendation?
  22. They came in today. at first inspection im not horribly impressed, they do have a consumer feel like they are not the highest quality of build and the brackets seem kind of cheap, the pots for adjusting each sound seem really cheap. On the other hand the toggle switches seem to be decent quality. I though they'd block out more sound when put on in quiet enviroment. They fit very snug and secure. Im looking forward to trying them on my detector. They are probably well worht the 126 price tag. I priced a replacment cord for a profession headset today and it was $70 alone so a very good deal.
  23. I just decided to purchase the black widows also after hearing some reviews and robs recomendations. I can tell you that sportsmans guide is selling them for $112 if you are a member, also dicks sporting goods online has them and offers discount coupons online at times. I bough mine from a prospecting shop for $115 on cc or $110 in cash. Mine should show up in the next few days
  24. I dont see that as an unreasonable question. You are basically providing the service as a guide not only a teacher. If they knew the deal they would not need you and then you would not get to charge 200 a day. You could always tell them that as a unseasoned detectorist and they are being taken to heavily hunted spots so their chance in finding gold is poor, but that wouldnt help you book trips.
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